There are some major gameplay differences between the console and PC versions of Diablo-3. According to this meta post, should those questions be tagged instead?

Example question: What effect does difficulty have on the console version of Diablo 3?

  • We could start adding platform tags, but that would mean going back and adding pc to every existing Diablo 3 question. – GnomeSlice Sep 9 '13 at 17:46
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    @MichaelDunfield That is a terrible idea. That's not a good use of the platform tags. Separate tags for different versions of the game make much more sense, like the way we do with Minecraft Pocket Edition. – Invader Skoodge Sep 9 '13 at 17:47
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    I stand corrected. And now that I think about it again, you're right, that's not what platform tags are for. – GnomeSlice Sep 9 '13 at 17:54
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    Maybe just tag such a question with diablo-3 and ps3? – user1306322 Sep 10 '13 at 13:31
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    @user1306322 nope, there are 2 arguments against that. The first one is in the meta post I referenced. The second is the fact that diablo-3 console is also available on the xbox-360. – l I Sep 10 '13 at 13:48


Diablo III is not a game that was released on multiple platforms, it was a PC Game that was re-released for consoles as a separate, standalone game.

It's also (at times) radically different from the PC game. Off the top of my head:

  • offline play
  • no auction house
  • split-screen loot
  • loot 2.0
  • difficulty changes
  • etc.

Will there be some overlap? Yes, most assuredly, but this version of the game, like Minecraft Pocket Edition, definitely warrants its own tag.

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    Loot 2.0 will guaranteed be part of the PC version. When asking questions about that (after PC gets patched), should we use the diablo-3 tag, diablo-3-console, or both? – Frank Sep 9 '13 at 19:31
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    @fbueckert Please don't take consider that list the only valid topics for the Diablo-3-console tag. That said, in cases where there are overlap, I believe that the PC tag should be preferred. – Raven Dreamer Sep 9 '13 at 19:35
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    @fbueckert They've already confirmed that even after the update, PC loot won't be exactly the same as console loot. – Invader Skoodge Sep 9 '13 at 22:15
  • I can only see this working IF AND ONLY IF it is a feature/issue with a gamepad/console. – Cole Busby Sep 12 '13 at 21:21
  • An even better example IMO is Minecraft (PC) vs Minecraft (XBox). Technically the same game, but one is a console port. And the XBox one gets its own tag even though it is specifically being updated to match the PC one, because nevertheless it is a different game, and there are fundamental differences. – Wikwocket Sep 20 '13 at 6:58

No alternative answer to vote up? Going to play devil's advocate here :)


  • The vast majority of game mechanics, affixes, bosses etc. do not differ from the PC version. A console tag will invite duplicates & confusion for users searching for this information.
  • Offline play and no AH are not significant in terms of questions asked : all it means is that all questions on AH only apply to PC version, and having to remember that PC version needs internet connection.
  • The actual console specific questions are more on the lines of 'how does this differ from PC game', not standalone questions solely applicable to the platform.
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    It has been announced that they will be removing the AH from the PC version. So there will be even fewer significant differences. – Colin D Sep 17 '13 at 19:58
  • @ColinD - wow that's good news, though it might be too late ... would be great if they added a new server after closing AH for a clean economy! – Alok Sep 19 '13 at 0:21

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